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Predicament of the Pacific atoll dwellers

The islanders are appealing to the developed nations to do something. The atolls of the Pacific are slowly sinking as the sea level gradually creeps up to dry land. The
18 Jul 2014 10:22

The islanders are appealing to the developed nations to do something.

The atolls of the Pacific are slowly sinking as the sea level gradually creeps up to dry land. The inhabitants can only watch helplessly as sea water threatens to destroy their existence.
The Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change (CANCC) meeting hosted by Kiribati and attended by two other island nations, Tuvalu and Marshall Islands, have signed an Outcome Document calling for immediate and urgent actions now.
The nations are appealing to the developed nations to do something. They need urgent help to protect and supplement their water resource and protect their coastline. They also need climate-proof infrastructure and sustainable development initiatives; building up their islands to heights above the predicted sea level rise and; strengthening their people through education, workforce skills, communication and public awareness. All these cost money and it had been promised by the wealthier nations. But the promise remains unfulfilled.
It’s time that these nations, which are responsible for most of the carbon emissions in relation to climate change, must deliver. Time is running out for these islanders. President Anote Tong of Kiribati encapsulates their plight in this statement: “For us climate change is not an event in the future. It’s an event that we’re dealing with now. We’re not talking about reducing carbon emissions because we’re already beyond that stage. What we need is urgent action to address what we are facing at the moment.”
It’s a heartfelt plea for urgent help.
Nemani Delaibatiki
Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj




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